Aware was created for adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Sometimes Teens Act Without Thinking First
Adolescents’ impulsivity can result in accidents, or doing things that are unhealthy, such as smoking or drinking when the substance is offered by a peer. These types of problems are common concerns of parents or guardians of youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) or youth who have other intellectual disabilities. The Aware Program enhances adolescents’ abilities to regulate their emotions and make healthy decisions.
What is the Aware Program?
The Aware Program is one of the only evidence-based programs that helps adolescents and young adults with FASD or other intellectual disabilities develop skills to regulate their feelings, make healthier choices, and avoid risky behaviors such as using alcohol or other drugs.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. We adapted mindfulness practices for use by adolescents and young adults with FASD. Mindfulness practice can:
improve attention, emotion regulation, self-control, cognitive functioning, coping with stress, and compassion for others
help teens regulate their feelings, make healthier choices, and avoid risky behaviors such as using alcohol or other drugs.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN275201300008C.